The Brooklyn-New Orleans accent

D. Ezra Johnson ezra_50 at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri May 7 22:54:49 UTC 1999

In his 1992 book, "A History of American English," J.L. Dillard cites a
source who explained the similarity by pointing to the extensive maritime
contact between (early 19th century?) New York and New Orleans. I remember
being very interested to see this other article, which Dillard found very
convincing, but for some reason I couldn't track it down.

>From: "Solomon, Michael" <msolomon at HFMMAG.COM>
>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
>Subject: The Brooklyn-New Orleans accent
>Date: Thu, 6 May 1999 16:08:36 -0400
>Can anyone offer a concise theory as to why the New Orleans accent (though
>mostly I mean the Yat dialect) sounds so much like a Brooklyn accent? Or
>perhaps can someone direct me to a source where I can learn (or loin) more
>about it?
>Thank you very much.
>Michael Solomon

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